Enter the 2017 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

Want to match your wits and knowledge with some of the brightest students and most experienced engineering minds in the country? If you are a current member or student member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), you are invited to participate in the 2017 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest!

Participants can choose from four different fact situations: fire sprinkler layout drawings, overlapping services arrangements, driverless/autonomous vehicle, and design of a playground as favor to public official. Once one is selected, you can submit an essay, video, photo essay, poster, or PowerPoint presentation (can include videos/sound, etc.) to show off your talent and knowledge of the NSPE Code of Ethics! The fact situations are outlined below:

  1. Fire Sprinkler Layout Drawings
  •  Under the circumstances, what are this engineer’s ethical responsibilities?
  1. Overlapping Service Arrangements
  • Is this situation a conflict of interest? What do you think?
  1. Driverless/Autonomous Vehicle
  • Based on public health and safety, what is this engineer ethically obligated to do?
  1. Design of Playground as Favor to Public Official
  • Another conflict of interest? You tell us.

Read the facts of your chosen case and create a discussion and solution for the included question(s). Don’t forget to reference specific sections of the NSPE Code.

All entries must be received by Friday, April 28, 2017. Entries will be judged on quality, clarity, demonstration of understanding, comprehensiveness, and argument support. Send your finished product by mail or e-mail to:

2017 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

NSPE Legal Department

1420 King Street

Alexandria, Va. 22314

E-mail: legal@nspe.org

There are many great prizes for this year’s winner, including a certificate of achievement, recognition in PE Magazine, as well as a $1,000 cash prize provided by NSPE.

Good luck, fellow professional engineers and student engineers!


Francis “Frank” J. Stanton, Jr., P.E., F.NSPE

Chair, NSPE Board of Ethical Review

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